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Ways of Learning: A Handbook for Teachers and Students of Tai Chi and the Martial Arts (The Tai Chi Trilogy 3) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Read
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Ways of Learning is a training manual with a difference. This book will NOT show you what to think, but it will show you HOW to think.

How This Book Will Help You
An essential handbook for both students and teachers, Ways of Learning takes you back to the fundamental principles of practice by asking again and again: How is any of this going to help me learn what I need to learn, teach what I need to teach?

The answers reveal themselves throughout the 18 chapters in this book. Each Chapter aims to stimulate new ideas by relating everything back to these questions and to these new times and circumstances.

You will find:

* How to Find your own Learning Path
* How to rediscover the Warrior Spirit
* The Art of Yielding, listening and Speaking
* Technology and Taoism
* Popular Teaching Illusions
* Standard Clichés to Avoid
* Going Beyond the limits of Copying
* Training Checklists for Students and Teachers
* Getting Your Students to Teach

Forget diagrams and photos of postures. You can get those on YouTube or in class. Here you will find something very different. If you are looking to revamp your Tai Chi studies or classes, then this book will provide much food for thought. By embracing the philosophical as well as the practical tools for change, everyone can discover new insights and strategies for the 21st century way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2432 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craving Distraction; 1 edition (7 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097RNK1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in London, England, Paul Read now works and resides in the Granada area of Southern Spain. Accompanied by a glass of Gazpacho, he can often be found wandering the back streets of old towns looking deceptively lost. As a writer he assumes two distinct identities:

As the Teapotmonk he writes, podcasts and publishes material about contemporary wisdom through the eyes of a Tai Chi practitioner. Involved in the martial arts and technology for far too long, he spends inordinate amounts of time defragging his forms, postures and language patterns whilst applying his rooting skills to the challenges of a digital age.

As the Gazpachomonk, he writes about the phenomena of choosing to change countries, language and culture and how that relates to the search for a meaningful path in the 21st century.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I like Paul Reads work but do not feel that this is as good as his other tai chi book (50 questions about tai chi) which I have re- read several times. Nonetheless this is well worth reading whether you practice tai chi or are simply interested in a sensible and practical approach to teaching in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Jan. 2015
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An excellent easy to read text. A must for Tai Chi teachers and students alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for students of Tai Chi, beginners or not-so-beginners 29 Jun. 2013
By Mike Cary - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are considering studying, learning or practicing Tai Chi, Paul Read is a great guy with whom to begin. This book, like the Tardis, may be Little on the Outside: It is Bigger on the Inside. I wish I'd a read this 20 years ago, when I began my studying, learning and practicing.

The 10 Principles of Effective Learning include "Use your body to train your head." Another random spot in the book advises the reader, "try to learn by absorbing...leave the Tracing Paper at home."

This is not a book that demonstrates WHAT the short form looks like or WHAT the Chen style is or the WHAT the One-Greatest-Best form is that Paul Read suggests. There are plenty of those available. This is a book about HOW you learn whichever form, style or method you choose or stumble into. The HOW, certainly at the beginning, is at least as important as the WHAT.

Since I'm only a beginner (only 20 years of practicing Tai Chi), this is a great addition to my Tai Chi library. And, if you like this book, check out some of his others. They're all in my library, as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Any fans of Paul Read's podcast will enjoy the audiobook 20 Oct. 2014
By Adam Cloutier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I got the online book AND the audio book. Both quite enjoyable. Any fans of Paul Read's podcast will enjoy the audiobook, as it has a lot of the little sound effects and humorous ad libs thrown in that add to the narration. And while humorous, the author's insight to teaching is also quite informative and useful for any kind of martial arts teacher, of any style. Very well balanced and enjoyable read. Highly recommended for all martial arts teachers and students.

I bought the e-book, but was lucky to also download a free audiobook from the author's website.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Politics and Tai Chi don't mix well 15 Oct. 2014
By Carlo - Published on Amazon.com
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This book - more of a pamphlet in length - contains a few valuable insights into the teaching of Tai Chi, which are repeatedly rehashed and interspersed with political quasi-rants from the left side of the spectrum. Unlike the author in his concluding list, I have no interest in having a picture of Karl Marx hanging next to that of Bruce Lee. Unfortunately the actual original material is also a relatively small percentage of its content, with text recycled both from the author's "Bean Curd Boxing" book and internally. For a work with meaty content and more accessible style, the author's earlier "50 Essential Questions and Answers" Tai Chi book delivers far more value and eschews the heavy political emphasis and content.
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